March 20, 2019

NASA InSight Set for Mars Landing Monday

Mars Landing

NASA’s InSight lander is set to complete its six-month journey to Mars at 3 pm today, Nov. 26. Watch the landing live starting at about 2 pm.

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Analysis: Initial Estimate for Space Force Too High

Space Force

A top defense budget analyst has crunched the numbers and believes the new Space Force military branch may cost a fraction of the original estimate from the Air Force.

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Supersonic Plane Enters Production

Supersonic

Lockheed Martin’s experimental supersonic plane has officially entered production. Earlier this year, NASA awarded the company a contract to develop an aircraft capable of reaching supersonic speed without creating the sonic boom that comes with breaking the sound barrier.

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DefSec: No Surprise DoD Fails Audit

The Department of Defense failed its first-ever audit, but officials aren’t surprised. “We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn’t even do the audit,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters.

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Air Force Plugging F-35 Cybersecurity Holes

F-35 software

The F-35’s external support systems are deemed the easiest entry points for hackers, leading the Air Force to increase efforts to plug F-35 cybersecuirty holes.

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Hornet Crash Was 2nd Involving Aircraft From the Reagan

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan suffered what authorities believe was a “mechanical issue” during routine operations Monday over the Philippine Sea. The crew was forced to eject. It was the second crash in less than a month involving aircraft from the Reagan.

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Foreign Arms Sales Up 13 Percent

US to Promote Arms Sales at Air Show

The US signed off on arms exports worth $192.3 billion over the past year, a 13 percent increase from the previous year.

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Morning Coffee Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner today, Monday, Nov. 12, to celebrate Veterans Day 2018. We’ll be back Tuesday.

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Troops at US Border Following ‘Legal Order’

US Border

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford rebuffed criticism from retired generals about deployment of active-duty troops to the southwest US border to face a caravan of migrants, saying military leaders are following a “legal order” from President Donald Trump.

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Military Supply-Chain Faces 300 Weak Links

military supply-chain

The Pentagon says a third of the 300 gaps and vulnerabilities in the military supply-chain discovered by an assessment of the defense-industrial base, ordered by President Donald Trump could be addressed in a year.

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